Tuesday, December 24, 2013

RARE AUTHENTIC VINTAGE ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER BUBBLEBACK GENTS WRISTWATCH











BRAND: RARE AUTHENTIC VINTAGE ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER BUBBLEBACK GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1936 - S/N 97106
MODEL: OYSTER PERPETUAL BUBBLEBACK MODEL 2940
CRYSTAL: ACRYLIC
MOVEMENT: ROLEX 18 JEWELS AUTOMATIC WINDING MOVEMENT CAL. 1030
DIAL COLOR: CHAMPAGNE
FUNCTIONS: HOUR, MINUTES AND SWIPE SECOND;
HANDS: GOLD TONE METAL HANDS
MARKERS: RAISED GOLD TONE ARABIC MARKERS
CASING : SOLID STAINLESS STEEL BEZEL AND CASE
LUGS: 18mm;
MEASUREMENT: 30mm DIAMETER W/O CROWN and 40mm LUG TO LUG
BEZEL: STAINLESS STEEL
CASEBACK ENGRAVING: S/N 97106~Model No: 2940
CROWN: ORIGINAL ROLEX BREVET 1 STEPS CROWN
STRAP: BROWN GENUINE LEATHER BAND
STRAP SIZE: 8.5" FULL LENGHT
DISCONTINUED ROLEX MODEL... RARE BUBBLEBACK IN NICE CONDITION!
EXCELLENT CONDITION, KEEPING GOODTIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED
PRICE:(PERSONAL COLLECTION BUT WILLING TO LET GO FOR RM8,000)

Rolex 2940 Bubbleback is commonly referred to by collectors as "Original Bubbleback"since it has such a thick bubbleback. Rolex in the mid 1950s introduced Big Bubbleback, used to have a red date on the Datejust and Day-Date. This is quite rare to find this 1930's Bubbleback on 100% solid stainless steel case.

A History of Rolex Watches



Hans Wilsdorf founded the company we now know as Rolex in 1905. Born in Kulmbach, Germany in 1881, the company, Wilsdorf & Davies, was based in London. By 1908 it had become one of the leading watch companies in the UK. It was in this year that he coined the name Rolex.


Official Chronometer Certification was awarded to Rolex in 1910 from the "Bureau Officiel" in Switzerland, the first time this had ever been given to a wristwatch. This was to be the first of many accolades awarded to the watch, including the Class A Precision from the Kew Observatory in 1914.


In 1926 the Rolex Oyster was released. It was the first wristwatch to be considered waterproof, proven a year later when the watch was worn by the swimmer Mercedes Gleitze in his successful bid to cross the English Channel. This was beneficial to Wilsdorf whom had sponsored the event and gained considerable exposure for his new Oyster Watch. Wilsdorf recognized the importance of advertising and marketing his creation in order to gain publicity and prestige. 1931 saw the creation of the Perpetual Rotor, a mechanism now seen as the basis for self-winding movements. In the following years Rolex released the first Oyster Perpetual Lady-date (1954) the GMT Master with dual time zone function (1955) and the first Day-Date (1956).


Andre Heiniger took over the company following the death of Hans Wildorf on 06 July 1960. Rolex continued to invent and innovate in terms of technical skill and style throughout the 2nd half of the century. The Sea-dweller (1967) was certified as reaching depths of up to 1,220 meters making it the choice for Professional Divers - a point that was quickly adopted in advertising the model. The Explorer II (1978) and Cosmograph Daytona (1988) were also released to international waiting lists securing Rolex as one of the worlds most prestigious watch brands.

Rolex Dateline

  • 1905 - Hans Wildorf establishes a London firm specialising in the distribution of watches.
  • 1908 - Wildorf coins a brand name in which to sign his creations: Rolex.
  • 1910 - In Switzerland, Rolex obtains the first official chronometer certification ever awarded to a wristwatch.
  • 1914 - The Kew Observatory in Great Britain awards the Rolex wristwatch a CLASS A precision certificate.
  • 1926 - Rolex develops and patents the first airtight, dustproof and waterproof watch - named the Oyster.
  • 1927 - The Rolex Oyster crosses the English Channel unscathed.
  • 1931 - Birth of the Perpetual Rotor, a self winding mechanism later found in every modern automatic watch.
  • 1945 - The Oyster Datejust is invented. The first watch to display the date automatically.
  • 1953 - Rolex has created the diving watch of reference - the Submariner.
  • 1954 - The Oyster Perpetual Ladydate is introduced.
  • 1955 - The Oyster GMT Master is designed making it possible to read the time in any two time zones.
  • 1956 - The Oyster Day-Date is created.
  • 1960 - The so called Bathyscaphe is created and plunges 35,787 feet into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1967 - The Oyster Sea-Dweller is invented - waterproof to a depth of 610 m / 2001 ft.
  • 1971 - The Oyster Explorer II is designed.

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